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Gwinnett's unemployment hits five-year low

LAWRENCEVILLE — A month after Gwinnett County’s unemployment rose by three-tenths of a percent, figures released on Thursday reported that the latest rate dropped to its lowest mark since 2008.

The unemployment rate in Gwinnett in November dropped from 6.9 percent to 6.3 percent, the lowest it’s been since 6.1 percent in September, 2008, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Last year in November, the unemployment rate in Gwinnett was 7.2 percent.

Initial claims for jobless benefits declined by from 2,296 to 1,892 filings from October to November. Filings dropped in November in industries such as professional and technical services, administrative and support services and healthcare and social assistance. Claims rose, though, in finance, insurance and construction.

Gwinnett counted 411,094 people who were employed in November, while there were 27,568 unemployed.

The metro Atlanta figures also dropped during the same periods.

It dropped to seven percent in November, down from 7.7 percent in October. This is the lowest the rate has been since it was 6.9 percent in October 2008. The rate was 8.1 percent in November a year ago.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent in October. The rate was 8.7 percent in November 2012.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted.